When I first discovered subscription boxes a few years ago, I instantly became obsessed — I had to have them all. I subscribed to as many as I could and I stayed subscribed to a bunch of them for awhile.
Then, over the last year or so, I decided that I really didn’t need all of these subscriptions anymore; I was receiving a LOT of repeat products, and I just couldn’t justify spending all this money every month for subscription boxes that I really didn’t have much use for. So I suspended or completely cancelled many of my subscriptions, but there were a few that I absolutely loved and needed to keep … Julep Maven was one of the keepers.
Julep Maven was one of the first subscription boxes I ever received, and I’ve been with the service now pretty much since it began. Julep is constantly releasing new nail colors and new beauty products, so I don’t have to worry about always getting duplicate items like I was with a lot of the other beauty boxes.
I absolutely love many of Julep’s beauty products and I’m always super excited to see the new collection revealed on the 20th of every month. I also love the fact that Julep gives you the freedom of being able to skip any month you don’t want. This weighed in heavily when I was deciding which subscription boxes to keep and which ones to get rid of.
Julep Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum, $28 ($22.40 Maven price)
For the month of March, Julep released a new cuticle oil/serum: Julep Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum ($28 regularly; $22.40 for Maven subscribers). I have been using regular Argan oil on my cuticles, so I was kind of in the market for a new product. My cuticles really dry out during the wintertime, and I still haven’t totally kicked my cuticle-biting habit, so I really needed a multi-tasking product specifically formulated to whip my cuticles back into shape.
Julep’s new nail and cuticle serum promises to transform dry and damaged cuticles “almost overnight” and deliver “stronger, smoother nails with fewer ridges, less splitting and brittleness in just 2-3 weeks.” I have only used this serum once since I received it last week, but I already notice a difference: my cuticles look and feel a LOT softer and smoother.
I know I’m not the only one to notice such a big difference overnight — many reviewers on Julep.com said pretty much the same thing. I am really looking forward to using this serum more over the next few weeks and hopefully seeing a big difference in the overall appearance of both my cuticles and my nails.
Julep Nail Color in “Lara” (top) and “Jyliana” (bottom)
I had enough points (Jules) saved up to receive a free Maven box this month, so I decided to go with the basic box instead of getting a bunch of add-ons, and I was really happy because I didn’t have to pay a penny. The regular boxes usually include one beauty product and two new nail colors, and then you can add-on as many products as you’d like after that for a cheaper price. If you add-on three or more items, Julep will throw in a free gift (or gifts).
Julep’s Jules rewards program is pretty awesome, and it’s extremely easy to save up points just by taking your Maven box each month. I think I skipped maybe one box over the last 12 months and I’m pretty sure that this is the second free box I received this year. I also made one or two small orders on Julep.com outside of the monthly Maven box, so that helped in accumulating Jules (rewards points), but it’s still very easy to save up points towards a free box even when you’re not placing extra orders.
Julep Nail Color in “Jyliana”, $14 ($11.20 Maven price)
Julep’s March nail collection was themed around “soft, serene shades.” I decided to go with a pretty, glossy teal hue, and a full-coverage, soft lilac shimmer.
Julep Nail Color in Jyliana ($14 regularly; $11.20 for Maven subscribers) is described as a “Smoky Jade Crème.” It is a full-coverage shade that goes on smooth and stays put, formulated with Julep’s 5-Free Oxygen technology. Julep’s nail colors also include strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract for healthier nails.
Julep Nail Color in “Lara” ($14 regularly, $11.20 for Maven subscribers)
Julep Nail Color in Lara ($14 regularly; $11.20 for Maven subscribers) is described as a “shell pink with gold shimmer.” I think this color is a little more on the lilac side than pink, but either way it’s really gorgeous and very unlike any color I already own. This shade looks very light and sheer-like in the bottle, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is, in fact, a full-coverage shade. A perfect nail color to call in the beginning of spring!
Julep Maven is a customizable nail and beauty subscription box that starts at $24.99 per month or $19.99 per month with a three-month prepaid subscription. There are options to add-on more products each month for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.
I’m posting this October Julep Maven review a little late (I got my box a couple weeks ago) — but, even though it’s late, it’s kind of sort of appropriate for today since today is the first day of the November Maven collection reveal. I just finished editing my Maven box for next month and saw some really sweet nail shades and other goodies (like the Holiday collection sneak peek) … but for this post I’m still focused on the October box, which I absolutely loved!
Julep Nail Color in (from top to bottom): Laurel, Anya and Colton
First up are the nail shades that I chose with my October Maven box:
Julep Nail Color in “Laurel”
Julep Nail Color in Laurel ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Raven feather silk.” I really liked this color, it’s like a shimmery black-ish color, but it looks almost dark gray because of the silver-y shimmer. The shimmer is also kind of muted so when you first look at the nail you might not even realize it’s a shimmer color. This is the only shade this month that I took a photo of (above), although this photo doesn’t really do this color justice. I’m going to start taking nail color swatches for all Julep Maven boxes from now on!
Julep Nail Color in Anya ($14 or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Climbing ivy crème.” I’m not gonna lie — I got this color mainly for the name, because of Anya from the Buffyverse 😀 But I also really love this ivy-green shade, it’s perfect for fall and it has a gorgeous crème finish.
Julep Nail Color in Colton ($10 special right now, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): Described as a “Black iris crème.” This shade is also really pretty but I think it’s more of a deep purple than a black. Either way it’s a super dark and rich shade, also perfect for the fall.
Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush in “Rosewood”
This blush was probably my favorite product in the October Maven box. I received it in “Rosewood,” a new shade in Julep’s pore-minimizing blush line and I am totally obsessed with it. This color is a mauve-ish rose shade, which is a bit darker than most of my usual blushes (which is one of the reasons why I love it so much), and It’s also perfect for this time of year.
Julep Your Happy Look Pore-Minimizing Blush ($24 or $19.20 for Mavens, 0.26 oz.; julep.com): A “groundbreaking blush” that “minimizes complexion imperfections” with light-diffusing diamond powder and vitamin B6. This blush formula contains Julep’s “Power Cell Complex”, Rosehip seed oil to deliver essential nutrients and green coffee bean oil to invigorate skin and promote cell turnover. This blush is pretty generously pigmented and it blends very well. I have to say, once again, that I absolutely love this shade — it looks wonderful and has a perfect hint of subtle shimmer.
Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in “Taupe Shimmer”
I was pretty surprised at how much I also loved this eyeshadow stick that Julep debuted this month. I’m usually not a huge fan of eyeshadow sticks and I never have much faith in cream shadows other than my tried-and-true favorites, but this crème-to-powder formula was pretty impressive. I love how easy it is to use this shadow stick and the best part is that it blended beautifully with the shimmery powder shadows I tried it out with. It lasted for my whole work day, but my eye makeup always seems to last extremely well when I apply my Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer first (my favorite).
Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in “Taupe Shimmer”
Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick ($18 or $14.40 for Maven subscribers, 0.04 oz.; julep.com): A two-in-one crème-to-powder shadow and eyeshadow smudger. This “crease-proof, stay-all-day” shadow is formulated with skin-smoothing vitamins C and E and it blends easily before setting to a long-lasting finish. It is available in six different shades.
Julep Nail Files (top) and Halloween nail stickers (bottom)
These last two items were both add-ons that I chose for my October Maven box (the eyeshadow stick was the third add-on that I chose this month). I usually choose three add-ons every month because Julep will send you a free surprise every time you pick three or more add-ons with your Maven box. This month I received one of the nail polishes (that I wrote about above) as a free gift — I think it was the “Colton” shade, but I’m not 100% sure.
But anyway, I really needed good nail files so I decided to go with this nail file trio as one of my add-ons. I don’t know why but it has been SO extremely hard for me to find good nail files lately. I’ve only been able to find ones that do a pretty crappy job at filing and I end up throwing them away after just a few uses. So anyway, I am really glad I added these Julep files to my October Maven box because, as simple as they are, they definitely work well and get the job done. Totally worth it. I don’t see these files available anywhere on Julep’s website but I do see them every month when I pick out my Maven box as available add-ons, so I think the only way to get these specific files is to add them on to your monthly Maven box.
The last product this month were this super cool neon yellow Halloween nail stickers. These are also not available for regular purchase on the Julep website, but Julep usually comes out with different nail wraps and stickers every month or so during the Maven reveal. I’m going to try these out next week for Halloween and I’m sure I will be Instagramming them once they’re on my nails 🙂
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I loved my October Julep Maven box. I am seriously obsessed with this blush shade and how awesomely blendable it is as well as the eyeshadow stick, which is also awesomely blendable and has great staying power. I’m loving all three of the nail colors I received this month, the nail files are great and I can’t wait to try out the Halloween nail stickers. This was definitely one of my favorite Maven boxes.
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a monthly beauty and nail polish subscription service that costs $24.99 per month with the option to upgrade your box for a higher cost. To subscribe click here, or head over to Julep.com for more information.
This was one of the first months that I just chose a regular Julep Maven box without adding on any additional products — mostly because this was the first month that I got a Maven box for FREE (yay!) with my Julep points (called “Jules”). I’ve used Julep points on other things before, but I realized during the September Maven reveal (at the end of last month) that I actually had 2,000 Jules saved up, and, as any Maven should know, 2,000 Jules = one free Maven box.
If I had added any add-ons this month I would have had to pay extra for those, so I kept it simple and stuck with the bare minimum (three items) so I wouldn’t have to pay anything. I ended up being pleasantly surprised when I saw an extra polish added to my box anyway — every Maven received the new Julep signature cream color, aptly named “Julep”, as a freebie this month. So awesomeness all around 🙂
Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick in “Wink”
Each month Julep debuts a new beauty product or an update on one of their existing beauty products as part of the monthly Maven reveal. This month Julep came out with a few new colors for their Light On Your Lips lipstick line, making the lipsticks the featured beauty product for September. I really liked this lipstick the first time it came out so I was happy seeing additional colors added. I went with a couple bright colors last time, so I decided to order a more neutral color this time around.
Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick ($22 or $17.60 for Maven subscribers, 0.12 oz.; julep.com): A full-coverage lipstick that “floats on and feels weightless”, formulated with hydrating shea butter, antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, and Julep’s Power Cell Complex™. This lipstick promises to glide on easily to hug the contours of your lips and stay in place without feathering and it comes in 15 different shades. I received this lipstick in the color “Wink”, which is described as a “Tea rose crème.”
Julep Nail Color in “Ellis” (top) and “Zoey” (bottom)
These were the two nail colors I chose this month from the new September collection. You would think by now that I wouldn’t need any more nail polishes — being subscribed to Julep Maven for at least the last year-and-a-half — but each month there always seems to be new nail shades that I absolutely need (of course). 🙂 I probably should have posted swatches of how these look on my nails … I will definitely remember to do that next month though!
Julep Nail Color in “Ellis” ($14 reg., on sale right now for $10, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A shimmery silver-y lilac that Julep describes as a “pink dawn linear liquid holographic” shade.
Julep Nail Color in “Zoey” ($14 reg. or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A pretty blue-grayish “sea spray crème” shade.
Julep Nail Color in Julep’s signature 2015 shade, called “Julep”
The last item this month was a special extra added to every Julep Maven box for free. I’m not sure why, but this color is currently unavailable to buy. I don’t know if it’s sold out, or if Mavens just got a sneak peek and it won’t actually be released until later on.
Julep Nail Color in “Julep” ($14 reg., currently unavailable, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): This is Julep’s new signature creme — a really pretty purple-ish orchid shade. This went on beautifully and the finish almost made it look like a gel manicure. I’m really glad I got to try this one out!
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I really liked the September Julep Maven box and the best part about it, of course, was that I got it completely for free. Julep actually has a really great points program and I feel like I was able to save up 2,000 Jules rather quickly, especially since I got points for every monthly Maven box that I bought. The nail colors this month were great and I absolutely loved the surprise gift this month — Julep’s new signature creme shade. I also was happy to see new lipstick colors this month and I’m loving the nude pink-y peach that I chose.
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription box that costs $24.99 per month with options to upgrade. To subscribe click here, or visit Julep.com for more information.
Every month, Julep opens the window between the 20th and 25th of the month for you to pick out exactly what you want in your Maven box for the next month. I am always super excited to pick out my Maven box each month, so I never forget about the Maven Reveal window … well, I did forget about it once a few months ago, and then I forgot about it again this month. I guess I was a little too busy at the end of this month, so I didn’t even check my e-mail for like a full week.
(Clockwise from top): Julep Length Matters Mascara; Julep Nail Color in Jessie; and Julep Nail Color in Fazia
So, if you don’t customize your box you get the default box based on the style profile that you chose when you signed up for the program. My style profile is “Bombshell” so, instead of a heavily customized box (which is what I usually do), I got the basic “Bombshell” box this month. I’m definitely happy with the items that I got, and I love the two nail colors, I just wish that I remembered the Maven Reveal window so I could have added-on extra products. There is absolutely no way that I’m going to forget to choose my products for next month’s Maven box!
Julep Length Matters Mascara
Julep debuted two brand-new mascaras this month– the Length Matters High-Impact Mascara (the one I received, pictured above), and the Go Big Volumizing Mascara. I probably would have found the volumizing mascara more useful since my lashes are so sparse (although they have been growing in a lot better lately), but the lengthening mascara has definitely been living up to its name. I’ve been wearing it every day since I received my Maven box last week, and I’m really liking it so far. It’s not my favorite mascara ever, but it’s definitely been getting the lengthening job done without the clumpiness, and it lasts pretty much all day.
Julep Length Matters High-Impact Mascara ($26/$20.80 for Mavens for 0.34 oz.; julep.com) is made with a finely tapered, micro-bristle brush that “layers on more and more mascara for a softly curled, wide-eyed” lengthening look.
Julep Nail Color in Fazia (top); and Julep Nail Color in Jessie (bottom)
Julep’s collection for November, The Friendsgiving Collection, included the two new mascaras, plus nine new nail colors in really pretty festive fall shades. I love the two colors I received (above), but there are a few others I probably would have added to my box this month if I didn’t forget about the Maven reveal window! These are the two “Bombshell” box colors of the month.
Julep Nail Color in Fazia ($14/$11.20 for Mavens for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “liquid garnet” with a shimmer finish. It is formulated with Julep’s “breakthrough Oxygen Technology” that provides for a faster-drying and longer-lasting nail color while allowing 30% more oxygen to permeate the nail bed than other polish. Like all Julep nail colors, this shade is “5-Free” — it contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP or camphor. It is also “vegan-friendly.”
Julep Nail Color in Jessie ($14/$11.20 for Mavens for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “deep Kalamata” shade with a crème finish. It is a super dark brownish-purple — I love this color for the fall! This shade is also formulated with Julep’s Oxygen Technology, and it is also “5-Free” and vegan-friendly.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I loved the nail colors I received this month and I am really liking Julep’s new lengthening mascara so far. I wish I remembered the Maven reveal window so I could have added more items onto my box this month, especially some more nail colors because this month’s collection had some super pretty shades. Even though I didn’t customize my box this month I’m definitely still happy with the basic “Bombshell” box that I received 🙂
Pricing & Availability:
Julep Maven is a customizable monthly nail and beauty subscription box. Maven boxes cost $24.99 per month, or $19.99 per month with a three-month pre-paid subscription. Julep also offers a “Maven Luxe” tier of the program which costs $39.99 per month or $34.99 per month with a three-month paid subscription. To subscribe click here, or visit Julep.com for more information!
I was SO excited about this month’s Julep Maven collection and it finally arrived a few days ago! This was the first month that I decided to upgrade and get the whole entire collection (regular monthly price of $19.99 + an extra $55), which included nine beautiful, bright nail colors, Julep’s new pore-minimizing blush and bronzer, PLUS their new blush brush and bronzer blush.
I have loved every makeup brush that Julep has made so far (including my favorite eyeliner brush ever), and these new blush and bronzer brushes are no different — the bronzing brush is especially amazing. This post is a bit photo-heavy so just a warning …
Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box ($19.99/month) that has a bunch of different box “styles” you can choose each month, and every one has a different color/makeup combination. Every month, Julep debuts a new collection, which includes brand-new nail polish hues and brand-new Julep beauty products.
Each Maven box usually contains one of the new beauty products featured that month, plus a combination of 2-3 nail colors from that month’s collection (there are also options to just receive the beauty products that month, or just the nail colors). For an additional cost you can upgrade your box to contain more products or, for $55, you can upgrade your Maven subscription that month and receive the whole month’s collection, which is what I did this month.
This month’s Maven box debuted Julep’s “Vivid Collection” — super bright, spring-y nail colors, plus Julep’s brand-new blushes and bronzers in a pore-minimizing formula and two new brushes to apply them with.
From left to right: Julep Nail Color in Flora, Bailey and Maren
I love every single nail color featured this month and I’ve been painting my nails in a new one every day since I received my April Maven box. Pictured above are the “It Girl” colors of the month:
Julep Nail Color in Flora (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “exotic dragonfruit with blue shimmer.”
Julep Nail Color in Bailey (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “hyped cobalt sheer.”
Julep Nail Color in Maren (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “electric bubblegum sheer with blue sheen.”
Julep Nail Color in Phoebe (left) and Sunny (right)
These two shades were both featured in the “Boho Glam” box for April and they both have a metallic/chrome finish:
Julep Nail Color in Phoebe (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “vibrant jungle metallic.” It is very metallic turquoise-y.
Julep Nail Color in Sunny (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “overexposed yellow chrome.”
Julep Nail Color in Tatum (left) and Kayla (right)
These next two colors were both part of the “Bombshell” box for April:
Julep Nail Color in Tatum (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “neon chartreuse chrome.”
Julep Nail Color in Kayla (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “electric iris sheer with violet sheen.” I would also call this a periwinkle-type violet-blue. It was a little difficult to take photos of this particular color — the first set of photos came out with the polish looking very blue, and then I was finally able to capture how it actually looks — which is a blue base mixed with a lighter purple-ish color. I still wasn’t able to capture exactly how this polish looks, but the photo above was the best one I could get.
Julep Nail Color in Mariska (left) and Caitlin (right)
The last two nail colors in the Vivid Collection were the “Classic With A Twist” box colors, which both have a shimmer finish:
Julep Nail Color in Mariska (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “juicy tangerine shimmer.”
Julep Nail Color in Caitlin (reg. $14 or $11.20 Maven price for 0.27 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “shocking hibiscus with gold shimmer.” This was definitely my favorite shade of the month!
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush (left) and Bronzer (right)
I was most excited about the new blush and bronzer this month because it’s the first time that Julep has ever released these kinds of products. For the most part, I have been extremely impressed with almost all of the Julep beauty products I have used so far (and this is saying something, since they are originally a nail polish/nail care company), so I was really looking forward to these two new products.
I was definitely not disappointed in the shades and formula — both products were extremely natural-looking (in a good way) but I did have a huge problem with the packaging and both the blush and the bronzer have already crumbled on me (mostly just the bronzer, though). This seemed to be a common sentiment among those who reviewed these products online already.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan
I’m loving the bronzer color + “pore-minimizing” formula — well, I don’t know if it’s the bronzer or the bronzing brush (below) that I’m applying it with (probably both — the brush is amazing), but it goes on so smoothly, blends well and looks SO natural. This is probably the most natural-looking bronzer I have ever used and I’m loving that.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer (reg. $28 or $22.40 Maven price for 0.26 oz.; julep.com) comes in two different shades – “Light Golden Bronze” and “Medium Tan” (I received the latter). It seems that both the blush and bronzer are out of stock right now on the Julep website, but this usually happens when a new product is released with a Maven box and those products don’t really debut to the public for another few weeks, at least. I’m kind of hoping that they fix the packaging problem before they officially release both products.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan
This bronzer contains a “ground-breaking formula” that “diffuses the appearance of pores and imperfections,” and diamond powder to give cheeks a “luminous shimmer.” It is also formulated with vitamin B6 for a “truly healthy glow.”
It’s kind of a shame that this product has all this awesome stuff in it and the shade really is very lovely and natural-looking, but the packaging is just so disappointing and the bronzer crumbled into a powder by the second day of me using it. I was also actually quite surprised that it came in such a cheap-y plastic container. It’s weird — I can’t explain it — but it’s just CHEAP feeling and looking.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini
The blush was nice too, but I didn’t like the color as much as the bronzer. It blended well but the color didn’t pop on my skin as much as I would have liked (I applied with a very heavy hand in the photo below to be sure the color can actually be seen). I love the way the color looks in the pan so I was a little disappointed that it didn’t come out exactly the same.
Also, I feel the need to put a disclaimer on my photo again because I’m still a little shy about putting photos of myself on the blog — I’m working on the angles, I know they’re not the best, but I really wanted to try a photo out with this blush because I definitely want to break that fear. I think that actually seeing these products on the skin, how they’re supposed to be applied, is so much more helpful than just seeing a swatch on my arm (which I also took a photo of, below). I took this photo with my iPhone because I can’t quite figure out how to take photos of myself with my regular camera just yet. And it was dark out so the lighting was a little off …
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini — applied heavily so it would actually show up!
I’ve been using a little bit of this blush mixed with my Laura Geller blush (review to come soon) and that way I get a near-perfect color. Either way, this blush is still very pretty and great for lighter skin tones and for a more natural flush. This one hasn’t crumbled nearly as much as the bronzer … yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini
Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush (reg. $24 or $19.20 Maven price for 0.25 oz.; julep.com) also comes in two different shades, “Petal Pink,” and “Peach Bellini.” I received the latter, which is a light peachy-pink with a slight shimmer. It actually comes out a lot less peach and way more pink when applied on my cheeks, which was a little disappointing because I would have preferred a much more peach-looking shade.
This blush is also created with Julep’s Glow “groundbreaking formula” to diffuse the appearance of pores and imperfections. It contains diamond powder to give cheeks a “luminous shimmer,” as well as vitamin B6 “for a truly healthy glow.” Again, like the bronzer, this blush sounded SO promising and it really would have been great if A). the color was a little more vibrant — I felt like this was more of a sheer or semi-sheer blush, which is really not my thing (I want my blush colors to really pop); and B). the packaging wasn’t so cheap/it didn’t start crumbling in the pan already.
Swatches: Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer in Medium Tan (left) and Pore-Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini (right)
All in all I really liked the new bronzer formula, except for the fact that it broke within the first 48 hours of me using it. I really would have liked the blush too if the color was a little more vibrant. I will probably pick up the other blush color (“Petal Pink”) when Julep officially releases the new blush and bronzers.
Julep Blush Brush (top) and Bronzer Brush (bottom)
And now for my favorite products from April’s Julep Maven box … the blush and bronzer brushes! The bronzing brush was especially amazing and, unlike the packaging of the blush/bronzer, the brushes are super luxe looking down to the handle. Both brushes feature “comfortable, weighted handles” and “super-soft synthetic bristles.” The bronzing brush is definitely one of the best brushes of its kind that I have ever used. I also loved the blush brush, but it was slightly larger than what I’m used to, so I just have to get adjusted to it.
Julep Blush Brush (reg. $24 or $19.20 Maven price; julep.com) is specifically designed to be used with Julep’s new Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush and features an angled bristle design that hugs the contours of your face for a naturally beautiful finish.
Julep Bronzer Brush (reg. $28 or $22.40 Maven price; julep.com) features Julep’s “comfortable, weighted handle” and has a “unique tulip shape” that evenly picks up and distributes bronzer for a “natural, sun-kissed glow.”
All in all I really did enjoy the Julep Maven box for April and I’m glad that I upgraded and got the whole entire Vivid Collection but I was a little disappointed in the packaging of the blush and bronzer. I seriously hope they fix this issue before officially releasing these products on their website.
Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription box that costs $19.99 per month with the option to upgrade. To subscribe and get your first box for FREEclick here and use the code “FREEBOX.” For more information head over to Julep.com.
So, I received these press-on nails a couple of weeks ago in the Influenster Uni VoxBox (review here) and I didn’t totally hate them the way I do with most fake nails, so I decided to do a full review on them. I think most fake/press-on nails and tips look tacky and they’re really just not my thing — I would much rather get a nice gel manicure than spend the money on fake nails that are just going to break or fall off.
With that being said, these press-ons from Broadway Nails actually stay on (almost 5 days for me) and they’re a quick and easy manicure for when you’re in a hurry and you need your nails to look perfect. I know the designs can be kind of childish, and they’re still fake and plastic so there is that slightly “tacky” look to them, but I think they’re fun and the fact that they actually stay on for a good amount of time has me sold. Plus, they’re cheap.
I actually started using these a couple years ago when they first came out and then I kinda forgot about them until a bottle appeared in my Influenster VoxBox. They come in a large range of patterns and solid colors so it’s pretty easy to find a press-on manicure set that you like and I’ll most likely be picking these up again (in a different color) because, like I said before, they are great for when you’re in a rush.
The press-on kit that I received with my Influenster Uni VoxBox was this bright pink and purple (with some orange, red and yellow mixed-in) floral design called “Lovestruck.” It seems that this pattern is no longer available, I’m guessing it was discontinued, and there is actually another pattern that has the same name (a tie-dye pattern) that is also no longer available, or at least it’s just not listed on the Broadway Nails Impress Manicure website. There are so many other designs and solid colors to choose from, and this one probably wouldn’t have been my first choice if I bought it myself.
The downside to these is that food and stuff will get stuck underneath them, in-between the press-on nail and your real nail, but you can take them off whenever you want and I just think they’re fun to wear for a few days – especially the patterned ones. And, unlike most store-bought press-on nails and nail stickers, these actually cover my nails perfectly so you can’t see my real nails peeking out on the sides. They initially come in a square nail shape, but I file mine down so they’re a little shorter and rounded.
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5 – $8 depending on the color/design for pack of 24 nails; cvs.com) is described as a press-on manicure that “delivers an instant salon-perfect manicure without the drying time of polish or nail glue.” It has an “indestructible top coat that rivals the best salon gel polish,” they are easily removable and they can last up to a week “when applied properly.”
Like I said before, I never wear fake nails ever, so, if I feel like having them on a whim, these are always available at the local drugstore, they’re fun and they definitely come off easily. I was also pretty impressed by how long they stay on since I can never get ANY type of nail polish to stay on my nails (except the gel manicure, which has proved to be pretty indestructible until my nails start growing out and then they look funny growing out over the gel polish).
The kit comes with 10 nails, plus 14 extra (24 total)
I’m so clumsy and my nail polish always chips and the main reason I don’t wear fake nails (besides the fact that I don’t really like them) is because they usually fall off immediately. These press-ons actually stay put and, if any of them come off before you’re ready to take off the whole manicure, there are 14 extras that you can replace them with. I’ve been carrying them in the little nail polish-shaped bottle that the whole manicure kit came in and the kit comes with 24 nails total.
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ranges in price from around $4 to $8. They are available in most major drugstores or you can buy them online at CVS.com, Walgreens.com, Drugstore.com and any other retailer that sells Broadway Nails products.
Smashbox Summer 2014: The Santigold Collection [Photo: Smashbox.com]
I know Smashbox debuted their new summer collection about a month ago, but the products have finally hit shelves so I just wanted to do a post going over all the awesomeness that is their new Santigolden Age Collection.
The Santigolden Age Collection was created by artist Santigold, who fused unexpected vivid colors and elements into the collection the same way she does regularly with her amazing fashion sense and all-around artistic boldness. This exclusive collection is influenced by Santigold’s “strong creative sense of collage,” with a “vivid and playful” color palette that is really unlike any beauty collection I have seen recently.
The whole collection is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on those eyeliner pencils. Besides the fact that the colors are amazing and there are a bunch of different products to choose from (from shadows to liners to lipgloss to nail stickers and even a lipstick ring), the artwork and packaging design is really over-the-top beautiful, so these items will definitely be some great collectors’ pieces.
The new Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection for the summer contains five different items, four of which have two different color combinations:
Apocalypse Now. [Photo: Smashbox.com]
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Eye Shadow Collage ($36 for 0.17 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as a “one-of-a-kind collaged and mirrored palette with five dramatic wet-to-dry eyeshadows.”
“Apocalypse Now” (above) consists of a shimmery oyster shade, shimmery tea, sparkling pewter, matte black and bright golden orange.
Earth As We Know It. [Photo: Sephora.com]
“Earth As We Know It” (above) consists of a soft sparkling cream, kelly green, dark matte blue, raisin with rosegold pearl and a dark sparkly forest green shade.
My favorite items in the collection are these gorgeous, versatile, bold eyeliners. The Smashbox Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Liner ($24 for two 0.02-oz. pencils; smashbox.com) is described as a “double-ended eyeliner with eight-hour staying power and limitless possibilities.”
There are two different liner pencils in the new collection with two different shades on each one: Yellow Dwarf/Green Martian (a bright yellow and a mint green — on the left of the photo above); and Azurite is Never Wrong/El Dorado (a bright azure blue and earthy gold — on the right of the photo).
Be Legendary Lipgloss in All Gold E’rything (left) and Hot Lava (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The next two products are Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipgloss formula in two very “Santigolden” shades. Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Gloss ($20 for 0.20 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as “a vibrant, glassy-finish gloss hand-picked by artist Santigold.”
“All Gold E’rything” is described as a “sheer copper sparkle” and “Hot Lava” is described as a “sheer red-orange.” I’m loving the gold color so I will definitely be picking that one up (red is not really my thing, even though this red looks lovely).
Nail Polish Art Strips in “Serpent Charmer” (left) and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
These sweeeet nail polish stickers come with two different designs in one pack and I have a feeling they will work pretty well, since they’re made by Smashbox (I usually have such a problem with these things). Smashbox The Santigolden Age Nail Polish Art Strips ($22 for set of two different patterns; smashbox.com) are described as “one-of-a-kind, mistake-proof nail strips designed by artist Santigold,” who is known for her collage art and strong creative sense, which influenced the whole collection’s “vivid and playful color range.”
“Serpent Charmer” (left) is a black snake pattern on what looks like a glittery gold background; and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right) is a creepy-cool (and yet pretty at the same time) silver eye design on a black background. I love the design and colors of the black eye pattern strips and, even though I’m not usually into snake-print anything, the gold one is pretty cool. I could definitely rock these.
Be Legendary Lipstick Ring in “Still Kickin.” [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The last product in the collection is a jewelry-and-makeup-in-one deal. This is a really pretty lipstick ring that is actually not tacky (in my opinion). I usually find these things to be either childish (‘cuz they’re usually for kids) or just tacky-looking. These are actually really nice.
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Lipstick Ring ($49 for one ring in size 8; smashbox.com) is described as “a collectible snake ring that holds a limited-edition shade of Be Legendary Lipstick inside.” This is the only product in the collection that comes in just one shade, but it’s a pretty “golden reddish coral.” I’m definitely picking this one up too.
I might as well just get the whole collection at this point (maybe just one eyeshadow shade, though, and just the gold lipgloss, not the red one). This collection is gorgeous and I usually don’t do posts as previews for new beauty collections, especially when I haven’t even bought the collection myself yet (using the official photos), but this one was way too pretty to pass up.
Smashbox’s Summer 2014 “The Santigolden Age” Collection consists of five different products in a range of prices (see prices above). It is now available in stores and online at Smashbox.com, Sephora.com, Beauty.com and other retailers that carry Smashbox cosmetics.